Despite rising river levels, Sutton couple refuses to abandon home: "We built this house to die here. It is probably what we will do."

Sutton, AK (KTUU) — The water level of the Matanuska River rose this week after warm temperatures caused snow in the mountains to melt and heavy rainfall hit the area.

Val Musial shows what used to be her back yard, now occupied by the Matanuska River just feet away from her and her husband Ed's home of 59 years.

One of the last holdouts along the riverbanks in Sutton are Val and Ed Musial, who say more of their land has slipped away into the fast-moving water.

"We had so much rain yesterday, my gosh, it rained and it rained and then it stopped and then it rained," Val Musial said. "It rained practically all day really."

Val says the water level has since dropped, but she expects it to increase again at the end of July and early August.

"That's when Val gets really nervous," Val said of herself.

Jessica Cherry, Senior Hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Anchorage, says there was some localized flooding in Southcentral, but there are currently no flood warnings in the area. But she says those conditions could change in the next few days.

"As things warm up again in the next couple of days, we might see water come up again," Cherry warned. "So just be aware."

Val and Ed Musial say that despite having no front yard, and with rushing water almost reaching their basement, they aren't leaving the home they started building in 1959.

"We built this house to die here," Val said. "It is probably what we will do."